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‘Budgets Reflect Priorities’: House Democrats Use Spending Bill to Fight Trump’s ‘Gag Rule’

By Ally Boguhn Democrats on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Monday released a draft spending bill that attempts to block the Trump administration’s restriction on Title X family planning funding, dubbed the domestic “gag rule” by reproductive health and rights advocates. The bill also contained Hyde Amendment language restricting federal funding for abortion care, which […]

Playing Politics With Women’s Lives

By Jessica González-Rojas “A Rush to Roll Back Abortion Rights, One Red State at a Time” (news article, April 19) makes clear the high-stakes scenario we’re facing as more states effectively shut the door to abortion access. What upsets me the most is that when politicians play politics with women’s lives, it is women with fewer […]

Saturday’s letters: Insurance is part of a woman’s right to choose

By Charo Valero Reproductive rights are under the greatest threat in generations. Trump has installed a Supreme Court justice who he promised would overturn Roe vs. Wade. And state anti-abortion legislators, including politicians in Florida, are more emboldened than ever by his dangerous rhetoric to launch more extreme attacks on abortion. Read more.     

Maine values mean that MaineCare needs to cover abortion care

By Andrea L. Irwin During Women’s History Month, our country recognizes the remarkable achievements of American women. Here in Maine, we’re proud of the accomplishments of so many women in our state, and this year we even celebrate our first woman governor. Despite incredible gains, though, we are lagging when it comes to policies that improve women’s […]

Dem support grows for allowing public funds to pay for abortions

By Jessie Hellmann Support is growing among Democrats in Congress for allowing abortion coverage in publicly funded health programs. House Democrats, who say they have a “pro-choice majority” for the first time in history, are vowing to end a long-standing ban of abortion coverage in Medicaid called the Hyde Amendment. They also want to ensure that […]

Why Every State Should Enshrine Roe

By Carrie N. Baker Anti-abortion activists, conservative pundits and apparently Donald Trump are outraged about New York’s Reproductive Health Act. Anticipating the demise of Roe v. Wadebecause of Trump’s recent appointments to the Supreme Court, the New York Assembly overturned antiquated pre-Roe laws still on the books, removing abortion from the criminal code. Opponents claim that the law allows […]